Adidas EQT Support RF Primeknit Review Facts
Back in 1991, Adidas launched its original Equipment sneaker in this line of shoes and it was loved by a large number of consumers. The main idea behind this line is that these sneakers should contain only the necessary and eliminate everything that is not necessary. Within that idea, Adidas wanted to focus on the construction, performance, and comfort of their sneakers. Some of the shoes within this line are built to perform while others are simply built to look great and keep you comfortable and supported; this shoe falls into the latter category. Fast-forward to 2014 and Adidas adds the Torsion system and adds “Support” to the name. The support line of sneakers is engineered to deliver a more natural way of walking and running, thus giving the wearing more support. In 2017, Adidas added the “RF” to the title of the shoe, which means “refined”. This points to the fact that within the RF sneakers, they have gone back to their roots and focused on what was needed and what was not. In this Primeknit version of the shoe, their main focus is support and style.
Just like similar versions of the EQT Support RF
, the outsole of this shoe is made up primarily of rubber with oval nubs to aid in traction. These nubs are half smooth and half textured to help you grip the ground. Adidas paid extra attention to the outsole of this shoe model because they wanted it to reduce shock for the wearer and deliver a smooth and comfortable ride. Since the rubber nubs extend across the entirety of the sneaker, you will feel supported and comfortable as you walk. The middle of the outsole features a sneak-peak view of the shoes’ Torsion system which is Adidas’ stability feature that is integrated into the midsole.
The midsole on this 90’s-looking retro sneaker is made up of a compression molded EVA material. Each side of the midsole features their three-stripe logo which is colored on some colorways and white on others. While this is great aesthetically speaking, it is not the most impressive part of this shoes’ midsole. This would be the Torsion System which is placed in the midfoot midsole area. The Torsion system is a TPU arch support
that is designed to allow the rear foot and forefoot to move independently of one another. This allows the sneaker to adapt to different surfaces without straining the foot through excess motion. This system will help to deliver a smooth heel to toe transition.
This sneaker’s claim to fame is going to be its upper. All of the sneakers in the EQT collection are designed to give a nod to the 90’s in their retro-looking silhouette
but the PK (primeknit) version also pays homage to the current style trend of having a knit-looking upper. The knit material is very adaptable to your foot and will deliver a customized fit. It is also very breathable and allows for a large amount of flexibility. The midfoot area includes the three stripe design as synthetic overlays which will help to support the midfoot snugly and securely. At the ends of these stripes, you will find plastic eyelets which meld with the stripes to help secure the shoe tighter to your foot as you secure the laces. The rear of the foot includes an external synthetic heel cage which offers a better fit and more support. The shoe fits like a sock because PK tongue is integrated into the rest of the upper.
While there is not a lot of information out there about the weight of these sneakers, they are not meant to be performance shoes so you don’t have to be too concerned with that. They are lifestyle sneakers, which means they are for casual use. The prime knit material used in the upper and EVA midsole
material makes for a lighter weight sneaker. They will not feel like bricks on your feet but they aren’t the lightest shoes out there.
Unlike its sister sneaker, the EQT Support RF, the PK (Primeknit) version offers more breathability. The knit material making up this shoes’ upper allows for better airflow into and out of the foot chamber. The holes in the material make for great ventilation
. To add to the sneaker’s breathability, it is equipped with an Ortholite insole which is designed to wick away moisture from your feet.
Most users have said that the EQT Support RF PK is extremely comfortable right out of the box. The prime knit material used to make the upper is adaptable to almost any foot shape and delivers just the right amount of flexibility to allow your foot to not feel constricted. The molded EVA midsole and Ortholite insole
add to the comfort factor of this sneaker because they will absorb shock and deliver a comfortable ride. The Ortholite sock liner is designed to wick moisture away from your foot so you feel cool and comfortable. The upper is comfortable around the ankle as well because it is made up of padded prime knit material. Most users have said that they have worn these shoes for hours on end without feeling any discomfort whatsoever. However, it should be noted that some consumers have said it feels a little narrow.
Like many of the EQT Support RF sneakers, the Primeknit version is modeled after Adidas’ original EQT running shoe back in the early ’90s. Therefore, the sneaker gives a nod to this era and has a vintage look to it, which happens to currently be in style. The “RF” in the shoes’ name stands for “refined” which means this shoe is made to look good.
The higher heel stack and lower forefoot lend a nod to this vintage look. This sneaker comes in a number of desirable colorways as well.
The EQT Support RF PK is not meant to be an extremely durable sneaker
to take with you on the trails or through rough terrain. The rubber outsole is pretty durable because it will withstand a great amount of underfoot activity so you should be able to wear these sneakers for a long time. The upper is made up of a knit material that is pretty durable for a casual lifestyle sneaker. The stitching and engineering of this shoe make it pretty durable for a casual sneaker, but it is not a great shoe if you plan on going backpacking or running long distances.
The precision placed oval rubber pods on the bottom of this shoe will protect your feet from underfoot debris
and will help protect your joints from shock. Adidas made sure the outsole would perform to protect you against the naturally jolting motions that occur while running or walking and came up with the rubber lug/pod design on this shoes’ outsole. The EVA foam making up the shoes’ midsole is designed to absorb shock from touch down to toe-off and the Torsion system included in the midsole will help your forefoot and heel to move independently of one another.
These sneakers are not the most responsive sneakers out there but considering the fact that they are more geared toward the casual side of things, they offer a decent amount of responsive activity. The midsole alone, made up of EVA material, is designed to absorb shock and spring back to its original shape with ease. This is not only good for your joints, but it will help to deliver a responsive ride. The Torsion system included in the midsole will also help your forefoot and rearfoot move independently of one another, which is more of a natural experience.
The name bears the word “support” within it so obviously it is supportive in some way. The Torsion system is the main source of support in this shoe. The TPU arch support included in this helps the forefoot and hindfoot to move independently of one another, reducing strain on the feet. This arch support is just enough for almost any foot type; it will not feel too heavy or too light for most. Another source of support is the plush ankle collar. It will help to keep your foot in place and will support your ankle from rolling.
This sneaker is not meant to be a high-performance shoe. Rather, it is meant to be a casual, stylish lifestyle sneaker. That means that it won’t work well on technical terrain or for running long distances. The shoe does not boast enough advanced sneaker technology to make it a great performance shoe so it’s best worn to and from work and around town.
The price of this sneaker varies tremendously depending on the colorway and size. You can purchase this sneaker for anywhere from $40 to $160.
The oval rubber pods on the outsole of this sneaker will help to deliver excellent traction on both wet and dry surfaces. The Torsion system has precision placed lugs that will help give you a well-gripped run or walk.
As it was already stated, this sneaker is not built to be a shoe that delivers top-notch performance. For that reason, flexibility is not a huge deal. However, it’s always nice to know your shoe is going to move with you as you walk or move. The EVA midsole of the EQT Support RF PK is relatively lightweight and flexible. The Torsion system which helps the front and rear of the foot to move separately is another flexible feature of this shoe. In essence, the sneaker has flexible features but isn’t the most flexible sneaker in the world.
The main area from which you will receive support in these shoes is from the Torsion system in the midsole. It is designed to help your foot move naturally within the foot chamber
so it will be supported and stabilized while it moves. The upper of this version of the sneaker is not as stabilizing as some of the other models because it is made of flexible prime knit material. However, the sneaker does have a heel cup that is designed to keep your heel and foot stable and supported as you move.
These sneakers have a neutral heel to toe drop. There is a higher stack in the rear as opposed to the front so you won’t feel much ground underfoot. The midsole works to absorb shock as well, so this is a great sneaker for anyone with a neutral gait.
- The primeknit upper is flexible and adaptable to almost any foot shape
- EVA midsole absorbs shock and delivers a great amount of comfort
- Torsion system in midsole helps the forefoot and hindfoot move independently of one another more naturally
- Ortholite insole helps to wick away moisture and keeps your feet cool and comfortable
- Rubber outsole designed to give you a smooth heel to toe transition
- Retro design matches today's’ style trends
The EQT line of sneakers has been very popular for Adidas and the Primeknit is no exception. This sneaker is extremely similar to others in the same model but this one features a knit upper. This upper is great because it adapts and flexes to your foot easily. Although this shoe boasts some technologically advanced support features like the Torsion system it is not marketed to be a performance sneaker. If you are looking to train hard
or run some serious distances, these are not the sneakers for you. But if you want to be comfortable and supported and look great doing it, then these are a great option.